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Seven students from Beirut's Haigazian University have won the chance to present their campaign to combat religious hatred and extremism before a panel of top executives in Washington D.C. in a competition with a $10,000 prize. The student team is led by Mohammad Bachir, 25, who is a senior marketing student at the university. To raise awareness, the students began a social media campaign in November, generating content to share via Facebook.By partnering with U.S.-based NGO HateBase, the campaign created a database of over 8,000 examples of hate speech in 72 languages.In addition to Haigazian University, the team is in discussions with the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University, as well as two schools in Beirut and one in south Lebanon to implement the campaign.The primary targets of the campaign are at-risk students, but the group also wants to engage others involved in the system.
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